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Location Kazakhstan, Karaganda region
Central coordinates 69o 30.00' East  50o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 6,175 ha
Altitude 300 - 320m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (Affiliate)



Site description The IBA is located in the vicinity of Aktubek village (Nurinkiy district of Karaganda region) which is a small village with 20-25 families situated to south-east of Tengiz lake, about 30 km to the south of Korgalzhin Nature Reserve. The natural landscape is Festuca-Arthemisia steppe with gently sloping hills, in some plots with Spirea bushes. The are two small rivers nearby - the Kon and the Kulanotpes.

Key Biodiversity The area is a regular breeding site of Sociable Lapwing. In addition, it is used for foraging or breeding by Circus macrourus, Glareola nordmanni, Melanocorypha yeltoniensis, Melanocorypha leocoptera, plus wagtails, pipits etc. Other birds are typical of anthropogenic landscapes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  2006  < 50 individuals  medium  A3  Near Threatened 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius passage  2007  min 180 individuals  medium  A1, A3, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  2005  60-93 individuals  good  A1, A3, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  2006  min 4 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Near Threatened 
White-winged Lark Melanocorypha leucoptera breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2005 medium favourable not assessed
Habitat
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Artificial - terrestrial   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Shrubland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Low bushes  10%
Grassland Steppes & dry calcareous  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban & industrial areas  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 90%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status Korgalzhin Nature Reserve, 30 km away, is the nearest protected area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aktubek. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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